This book describes a wide-ranging set of research approaches which have been used to study the health care problems of adults living in rural areas. It shows how these approaches can be used to define health care problems, measure levels of illness and health, and evaluate health care practices. For each approach, contributors provide a theoretical background from the health care delivery literature, details of how it can be carried out in the field, its strengths and weaknesses, and illustrative examples from both the literature and their own work.

chapter Chapter 1|13 pages

Introduction to Research on Rural Health and Aging Issues

ByWilbert M. Gesler, Donna J. Rabiner, Gordon H. DeFriese

part Part One|1 pages

Defining the Health Issues and Problems of Rural Elderly: Context, Experience, Statistical Profiles, and Indicators

chapter Chapter 2|26 pages

Secondary Data and Statistical Profiles of Older Rural Americans

ByP. Salmon Mary Anne, Thomas C. Ricketts

chapter Chapter 3|24 pages

Methods for Assessing Geographic Aspects of Health Care for Older Adults in Rural Areas

ByWilbert M. Gesler, Lucy A. Savitz, Peggy S. Wittie

chapter Chapter 4|30 pages

Theoretical and Methodological Approaches to Migration Research on Rural Aging Populations

ByCharles F. Longino, Mark H. Smith

part Part Two|1 pages

Measuring the Health and Weil-Being of Rural People

chapter Chapter 6|18 pages

Incorporating Qualitative Methods Into the Study of Health Beliefs and Health Behaviors of Rural Older Adults

ByThomas A. Arcury, Susan A. Gaylord, Harold L. Cook

chapter Chapter 7|21 pages

The Potential of Community Service and Research Partnerships: The Geriatric Team Consultation Project

ByRebecca H. Hunter, Mark E. Williams, Jane H. McCaleb, William D. Remmes

part Part Three|1 pages

Part Three Measuring Health Practices and the Use of Formal and Informal Health Care

chapter Chapter 8|26 pages

Research in Rural Minority Aging in the Southeast U.S.: Results and Directions

ByThomas A. Arcury, Ronny A. Bell, Iris B. Carlton-LaNey

chapter Chapter 9|22 pages

Trajectories of Health in Aging Populations

ByElizabeth C. Clipp, Glen H. Elder, Linda K. George, Carl F. Pieper

chapter Chapter 11|15 pages

Informal Caregiving Networks and Community Resource Infrastructure Serving Rural Elderly Populations: Making the Macro-Micro Link

ByJean Kincade, Donna J. Rabiner, Gary M. Nelson, Mary Anne P. Salmon

chapter Chapter 12|13 pages

Improving Health Care Research for Rural Elderly People Using Advanced Communications Technologies

ByMark E. Williams, Thomas C. Ricketts, Bob G. Thompson

chapter Chapter 13|5 pages


ByWilbert M. Gesler, Donna J. Rabiner, Gordon H. DeFriese